'The Russian Barnum' : Russian Opinions on Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1909–1914

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Dance Research 26:1, Summer 2008

Title: 'The Russian Barnum' : Russian Opinions on Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1909–1914
Author: Järvinen, Hanna
Date: 2008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/311041
Electronic publication: https://doi.org/10.3366/E0264287508000042
Abstract: This article discusses the little-known Russian reviews of Sergei Diaghilev's ballet company. It argues that Diaghilev's reputation and social position in Imperial Russia affected how his troupe and the works famous in Western Europe were regarded in the Russian press. In Russia, Diaghilev was accused of exporting a false image of Russia as a semi-Oriental nation of barbarians. Russian critics found evidence for this from the predominantly Orientalist reviews appraising the Ballets Russes in Paris and London. They also judged their Western colleagues incompetent for not corresponding to the Russian idea of what was important in ballet as an art form.
Subject (ysa): Diaghilev, Serge
Ballets Russes
Subject (allärs): dans
Subject (lcsh): Dance criticism.
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